Kiwis have more opportunities for cheese tasting than you can roll a wheel of cheese at this month as the country’s cheesemakers celebrate their craft. Every October the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association (NZSCA) members host a variety of tastings, inviting cultured Kiwis to events across the country to meet cheesemakers and taste their wares.
In a first for Cheese Month, the NZSCA is working with Barker’s of Geraldine to find Kiwis’ favourite NZ Cheese Company this October.
Cheese lovers’ are being encouraged to vote for their favourite NZ Cheese Company. The NZ Cheese Company with the most votes at the end of NZ Cheese Month will be named Barker’s NZ Cheese Month Favourite Cheese Company.
Giveaways on the Cheese Lovers NZ Facebook @CheeseLoversNZ and the Cheese Lovers NZ Instagram @CheeseLoversNZ will be giving away gourmet NZ cheese and Barker’s of Geraldine Fruit for Cheese hampers to people who share images of NZ cheese using the hashtag #cheeseloversnz
As happens every October, cheesemakers are hosting tastings across New Zealand. Highlights are:
Ferment Fest, Hamilton, Saturday 28 September 2019, 11:00am – 5:00pm
NZ Cheese Month gets off to an early start in Hamilton on Saturday 28 September, when Sky City hosts
Ferment Fest, Waikato’s Artisan Beer, Cheese and Fermented Food Festival. Waikato is home to several award-winning cheesemakers and of late many exciting craft brewers, Ferment Fest is celebration cheesemaking, brewing and makers of fermented foods offering samples, demonstrations, live music and more. Admission is free.
Main Course Cookery School Cooking with Cheese, Thursday 10 October 2019, 6pm
Join Auckland’s leading cookery school to learn how to incorporate some of the country’s favourite cheeses into your cookery. Cost $99, for bookings https://maincourse.co.nz/
Main Course Cookery School Cheesemaking Class, Thursday 7 November 2019, 16pm
This is a specialist workshop to learn to make fresh Mediterranean style cheeses. You will prepare three cheese products and then prepare and eat a meal using the cheeses. There will be cheese to take away, so please bring a couple of containers to carry it away. The class includes a Mad Millie Italian Cheese kit and a light lunch of the cheese made on the day. Cost $99, for bookings https://maincourse.co.nz/
To keep up to date with other cheese tasting and experiences during NZ Cheese Month check out CheeseloversNZ Facebook.